I'd imagine most fans would disagree with me on this one.
But despite Matthews being a great talent, I think much of his praise is unjustified.
He is not one of the best linebackers in the league—maybe a top-five pure pass-rusher though.
With 29.5 sacks in his first three seasons, he is disruptive but he is very incomplete as a player.
Matthews becomes pretty anonymous if he is not given the green light to rush the passer. Shouldn't the best linebackers also be able to hold up against the run?
The best linebackers are able to stand out even if they can't be disruptive in the backfield. Matthews doesn't.
To be fair, I think some have overreacted to his reduced sack numbers in 2011. He faced a lot of double-teams and I still think he is an excellent pass-rusher.
To start with, Matthews must improve against the run. According to ESPN, the Pittsburgh Steelers instructed their backs to target Matthews the entire game because he was a weak link.
I can think of six outside linebackers right now who I think are better than Matthews, yet they don't receive anywhere near the same hype.